My dad has malignant polyp

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   Posted 11/1/2008 2:55 AM (GMT -6)   
My dad has been ill for quite some time and they found a golf ball size polyp yesterday.The doc said it was black and it had blood coming out of it.The doc said that he doesn't need to wait for biopsies to come back because he knows by loooking at it that it is malignant. The doc will remove it next week.
  Has anyone had a nasty one like this removed, what does it involve.Will he be ok after? I know Polyps are common but its just the fact that its malignant and so large.My dad has lost so much weight this past year.He went to 3 different docs who couldn't find out what was wrong with him.It was only when his work sent him to a private clinic that they found this.
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   Posted 11/1/2008 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Marty, I'm sorry to hear about your father. Where is the polyp? I know of someone that has had her whole colon taken out because it was riddled with precancerous polyps and she is doing fine. If they do a resection on your dad, many people still do good with the surgery. If it truly is cancerous, is he going to have to go thru any radiation or chemo in addition to the surgery?
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   Posted 11/1/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Marty, I am so sorry to hear about your father. I will put him in my prayers!

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   Posted 11/1/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
marty, i'm sorry to hear about your dad. 
my dad had a bleeding tumor and part of his colon removed in march of this year.  unfortunately, the cancer had spread to some of his lymph nodes and his liver.  he recovered really well from his surgery and has been on chemo for about 6 months now.  but, he feels good most days.  just more tired and some side effects.  prior to finding the polyp, my dad was more tired and looked pale - turns out, he was severely anemic.  he's recovered from that as well.  his most recent cat scan show that the spot on his liver is shrinking.  so, that was good news!!  :)
of course, i'm not saying your dad is in the same situation...i just want you to take comfort in knowing that your dad (and you) are not alone.  just take it day by day, and be there to support him...and he'll get through this.  he may just have surgery and that's it.  keep us posted... and if you have any questions about anything, don't hesitate to ask.  :)

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   Posted 11/1/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Marty, so sorry to hear about your Dad. I'll be praying for a complete recovery for him.
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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
The polyp is in the lower colon. My dad is only 51 so he is young too. They haven't mentioned anything about treatment after, would that be normal practice? My fathers prroblems started with unrelenting back pain, but he said the pain radiates through to his lower right side.So i thought he must have had an Ibd.Especially a few months ago when he said that he was losing blood. But the doctor said that bowel problems and back pain are completely unrelated, how wrong were they? I'm always having back issues when i'm flaring.
The doctor doing the scope said that as soon as he enetered the lower colon he knew there was a problem because of the blood.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Marty, so sorry to hear about your Father. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers
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   Posted 11/1/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sad to hear your dad's diagnosis...He'll have the part of his colon removed and it'll all be biopsied to make sure all the edges are clear and to find out exactly what kind of cancer it is.

My mother-in-law had her ascending colon removed because of a cancerous tumour...her recent c-scope was clear apparently.

Something more to add to your list when you see the GI.....

Please let us know the outcome of your dad's surgery/results, etc.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Marty, so sorry to hear about your dad, sending some good vibes his way in hopes it will help him.
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   Posted 11/1/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
marty -- will likewise be including your father in my prayers.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
prayers for your dad's recovery.....

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   Posted 11/1/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
+ 1
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prayers for your dad's recovery.....

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   Posted 11/2/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Very sorry to hear. Hopefully after the remove the offending polyup/colon that will be the end of it.

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   Posted 11/2/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopefully he'll soon feel better than he has in a while!
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